Iwate


Iwate is one of the six large prefectures on the Pacific coast in the northern Tohoku Region, Honshu island. Its prefectural capital is Morioka which is 2.5 hours away by shinkansen from the north Tokyo mountains, the place is a great attraction for its multiple rivers, vast mountains, convenient transportation hub, and the various styles of noodles. A former political and cultural center of the Tohoku region, the city of Hiraizumi is also located in the prefecture. The southern city of Hiraizumi contains a rich architectural legacy from its period as a political center in the 11th and 12th centuries. Having risen up and regained its prominence, Iwate Prefecture is grateful for all the support received in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. It's such a home to so many wonderful destinations; let's check the top 30 things to do in this devastated beautiful Iwate:

Tono Furusato Village

Rural districts, water wheels, thatched-roof houses…experience the region of Tono within the landscape of a recreated agricultural village
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 540 JPY
Child: 320 JPY
The Handicraft Program requires a separate cost
Participation in the program also requires advance reservations up to 7 days before your visit.
Address 5 Chiwari-89-1 Tsukimoushichō Kamitsukimoushi, Tōno-shi, Iwate-ken See map
Telephone 0198 -64-2300
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/shisetu/furusatomura.html


Gohyaku Rakan (The 500 Arhats)

Arhat (people who have achieved Nirvana) statues carved into natural rock in prayer for the repose of souls of those lost during a great famine which struck the Tohoku area
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Price FREE
Address 39.322628, 141.510058 See map
Telephone 0198 -62-1333
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/meisyo/gohyakurakan.html


Kamaishi Daikannon

A pure white Daikannon statue that rises 48.5m in height with a beautiful contrast with the blue sea
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

subject to change depending on the season
Price Adults: 500 JPY
Child: 100 JPY
Junior high and high school students 300 yen
Address 釜石大観音 3 Chome-9-1 Odairacho Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0193-24-2125
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=76


Densho-en

An open-air museum relating the old hometown traditions of Tono
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )
Price Adults: 320 JPY
Child: 220 JPY
The workshops at the Crafts Center require prior reservations and separate admission.
E.g. Ema 500 yen Otedama 500 yen Straw craft 500 yen

Kataribe 5000 yen (Up to 80 people per 1 kataribe) * prior reservations are required.
Address 伝承園 6 Chiwari-5-1 Tsuchibuchicho, Tsuchibuchi,Tono, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0198 -62-8655
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=69


Ho’on-ji Temple

An ancient temple in a town of temples which has retained a charm from the feudal era which was dedicated to the 500 Buddhist arhats (statues)
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Business Hours Everyday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 100 JPY
Address 報恩寺 31-5 Nasukawacho, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 019-651-4415


Fukusen-ji Temple

Japan’s biggest wooden Kannon statue at 17m is enshrined here in a temple that was built in 1912
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Business Hours Sunday ( 08:00 AM ~ 05:00 PM )

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Only open on Sundays during January-March
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 200 JPY
High school students 250 yen
Address 福泉寺 7 Chiwari-57 Matsuzakicho Komagi, Tono, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0198-62-3822
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/shisetu/fukusenji.html


Nataya-cho

The scenery of machiya townhouses as vestiges of Edo when water transportation on the Kitakami River flourished
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Price The Morioka Machiya Story Center where visitors can experience the machiya culture of Nataya -cho opened in 2014.
Morioka Machiya Story Center:
Open 9:00am-7:00pm
Closed: Every 4th Tuesday of the month(if a holiday falls on that day, then the next
Address Iwate-ken, Morioka-shi, Natayachō See map
Telephone 019-604-3305


Michinoku Folklore Village

From a pit dwelling to a Nambu Magari house, this is an open-air museum with examples of old Iwate architecture
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

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April – November: open every day
December – March:(1)Mondays (if Monday is a holiday, then the next day)
(2)The day following a national holiday(weekends and(1). The village is closed the following day.)
◾ New Year’s holidays (Dec. 28 – Jan. 4)
Address みちのく民俗村 14 Chiwari-59 Tachibana Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0197-72-5067
Website http://www.kitakami-kanko.jp/english/sightseeing.php?itemid=44


Kappabuchi

A deep pool of a clear stream which is the home of the kappa water sprites mentioned in folklore!
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Price FREE
Address カッパ淵, Tono, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0198 -62-1333
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/meisyo/kappabuchi.html


Unedori-sama Shrine

A matchmaking shrine built in the Edo Era at the foot of Mt. Atago, it is said to bring romantic fulfillment
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Price FREE
Address 卯子酉様 Shimokumicho,Tono, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0198 -62-1333
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/meisyo/unedori.html


Matsukawa-so

A pure Japanese onsen inn surrounded by primeval forest, it provides healing from a simple mountain hospitality and supreme waters
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Business Hours
Price For day-trip only visitors
Open: 10:00am-6:00pm
Fee: Adults 500 yen Children 200 yen
Address Matsukawa onsen, Matsuoyoriki, Hachimantai, Iwate See map
Telephone 0195-78-2255


Meganebashi Bridge (Miyamori River Bridge)

A railway that soars up to the galaxies runs here. A bridge in a remote woodland that spurs thoughts of nostalgia.
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Morioka Mikoda Morning Market

You gotta get up early! An inexpensive market selling vegetables of the season raised on the great land under the pure sky
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

5am-8:30am

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Mondays between January and April
Between May and December, holiday Mondays and substitute holidays are open
Address 神子田の朝市 Mikodacho, Morioka, Iwate See map
Telephone 019-652-1721


Unosu Cliff

The landscape of soaring cliff walls carved into a zigzag shape as it juts out into the ocean
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Address  鵜の巣断崖,Tanohata, Shimohei District, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0194-33-3248
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=103


Takamuro Suiko-en

Stroll through the garden and relax in a hot bath. Spend a soothing time in Tono
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Business Hours Tuesday ( 10:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 10:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Thursday ( 10:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Friday ( 10:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Weekends ( 10:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

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Every 4th Monday (however, in the case of national holidays on that day, the next day will be closed)
Price Adults: 320 JPY
Child: 220 JPY
Bath
10:00am- 9:00pm
Adults 540 yen Elementary and junior high school students 320 yen
Paid service/bathing set(face and bath towels)220 yen for rental

Jinghiskan restaurant (Me-Me-Tei) requires reservations
Address たかむろ水光園 7 Chiwari-175-2 Tsuchibuchicho Kashiwazaki,Tono, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0198-62-2834
Website http://www.tonojikan.jp/Several_languages/english/kanko/shisetu/suikoen.html


Matsukawa Geothermal Plant

With its gigantic cooling tower jutting out from within a heavily-wooded mountain, this is Japan’s first geothermal plant
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Business Hours Monday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Wednesday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Thursday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Friday ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )
Weekends ( 09:00 AM ~ 04:00 PM )

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Geothermal Museum
Winter between mid-November and late April
Price FREE
Address 松川地熱発電所 Matsuoyoriki, Hachimantai, Iwate See map
Telephone 022-222-3998
Website http://en.openei.org/wiki/Matsukawa_Geothermal_Power_Plant


Hashino Blast Furnace Ruins

The World Heritage blast furnace is in the middle of a forest. The history of its modern-day iron manufacturing is related to the present day
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Business Hours Everyday

Regular sightseeing is free (please be careful when there are snow accumulations since sightseeing will be difficult)
Price FREE
Address Dai2 Chiwari, Hashino, Kamaishi, Iwate See map
Telephone 0193-22-8846


Sekinoichi Sake Brewery

Enjoy the regional taste of sake and local beer that has garnered international acclaim
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Business Hours Everyday

Beer factory 9:30am-5:00pm
Restaurant 11:00am-9:00pm
Price FREE
Address 5-42, Tamuracho,Ichinoseki, Iwate See map
Telephone 0191-21-1144


Sukawa Kogen Onsen

A mountain onsen with a wild feeling and hot waters roaring through the rough rock
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Winter(from early November to late April)
Price Day-trip visits
Open: Large bath (indoor) 9am-4pm Large open-air bath 6am-9pm
Admission: Adults from 600 yen Children from 300 yen
Address Matsurubeyama, Genbicho, Ichinoseki, Iwate  須川高原温泉 See map
Telephone 0191-23-9337


Mt. Iwate

Mount Iwate with its landscape represents the tranquil soul of Iwate
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Address Mt Iwate, Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 019-684-2111
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=109


Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple

Bishamondo Temple seems to grow out of the rock wall
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:00 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Junior high school and high school students: 100 yen
Elementary school students and below: free
Address Kitazawa-16 Hiraizumi, Hiraizumi-chō, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate-ken See map
Telephone 0191-46-4931
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=8


Kokuseki-ji Temple Somin-sai Festival

A festival with more than 1000 years of history, and also one of the Three Major Unusual Festivals of Japan
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Business Hours Late February (please check the date since it will change depending on the year)
10:00pm – 7:00am
Address Kokuseki-ji Temple Yamauchi-17 Mizusawaku Kuroishicho Oshu, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0197-24-2111
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=14


Morioka Sansa Odori Festival

Vivid and energetic dancing to provide an overwhelming performance
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Business Hours Aug. 1th - Aug.4th of every year
Price FREE
Address 10-1 Uchimaru, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture  See map
Telephone 019 -624-5880
Website http://www.sansaodori.jp/pdf/pamphlet_english.pdf


Hanamaki Festival

The 400-year-old Hanamaki Festival with its procession of glittering floats during fiery and fantastic nights
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Business Hours Annually in September for 3 days starting from the 2nd Friday.
Price FREE
Address 5-33 Kamichō, Hanamaki-shi, Iwate-ken See map
Telephone 0198-24-2111
Website http://www.kanko-hanamaki.ne.jp/en/festivals/index.html


JR Yamada Line

A small trip on a single track starting from Morioka City making stops at rustic stations while navigating through lush green mountains
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Price Since only 4-5 round trips are operated between Morioka and Miyako in one day, please carefully check the time schedule when planning your trip.
Address Morioka Station, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 019-622-3456
Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamada_Line


Sanriku Railway

A train trip that links the picturesque Tohoku coastline with a grand panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean
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Price Along with regular operating trains, the Retro Train runs on the Minami Rias Line while the O-Zashiki and Kotatsu Trains run on the Kita Rias Line.
Advance reservations are required for the O-Zashiki and Kotatsu Trains on the Kita Rias Line.
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Address 4 Sakaecho, Miyako, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0193-62-8900
Website https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanriku_Railway


Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival

Riding a horse-drawn cart down the cherry tree path is a spring view out of a dream. One of the famous places in the Tohoku region for sakura.
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Business Hours From April 15 to May 6*Changes may occur with events, so please check beforehand.
Price FREE
Address Iwate-ken, Kitakami-shi, Tachibana, 14 Chiwari 北上展勝地 See map
Telephone 0197-65-0300
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=120


Hachimantai, The Corridor of Snow

Cars dash jauntily between the walls of snow. A snow corridor that presages spring in Hachimantai
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Closed between early November and late April.
Price FREE
Address Hachimantai, Iwate Prefecture 八幡平アスピーテライン See map
Telephone 0195-78-3500
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=108


Shiofuki ana

Natural caverns where seawater is dynamically blown up into the sky through the pressure of waves
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Price The waves at high tide soar more than 30 meters, but on days when the sea is calm or at low tide, the spouting effect can not be seen.
Address 潮吹き穴,Sakikuwagasaki, Miyako, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0193-62-2111
Website http://www.env.go.jp/en/nature/nps/park/parks/sanriku.html


Hachiyozan Tendai-ji Temple

A history of hardship and restoration. See the masterpiece of the Standing Image of Shokannon protecting the Tohoku’s oldest temple
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Business Hours Everyday ( 08:30 AM ~ 04:30 PM )
Price Adults: 300 JPY
Child: 300 JPY
Address Tendai-ji Temple, Oyamakubo-33-1 Jobojimachi, Ninohe, Iwate Prefecture See map
Telephone 0195   -38-2500
Website http://www.japan-iwate.info/app/location_detail.php?lid=17


Miyako Jodogahama Boat Cruise

A 40-minute excursion with a refreshing sea breeze in which you can enjoy the scenic beauty of a tour of the strangely-shaped rocks
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Business Hours Weekdays ( 09:00 AM ~ 06:00 PM )

8:40 9:30 11:00 12:00 13:40 15:30

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Operating on weekends/holidays/Mondays from March to November.
However, during the periods of first week of May and summer season, the cruises will be operating every day.
Price Adults: 1,400 YEN
Child: 700 YEN
Address Hitachihamacho, Miyako, Iwate Prefecture 観光船発着所 See map
Telephone 0193-62-3350
Website http://jodo-yuransen.jp


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